POSTPONED 2022 Special Education Law and Advocacy Series (SELAS)

POSTPONED 2022 Special Education Law and Advocacy Series (SELAS)

Date and Time

Saturday, March 19, 2022 — Saturday, May 28, 2022

Location

Warren Hall, 2A & Virtual

Cost

varies

Details

Thank you for your interest in the 2022 USD School of Law Special Education Law Advocacy Series. We were looking forward to seeing you starting Saturday, Feb. 5, but after careful consideration, we have decided to postpone the series until later this Spring.
The factors involved in making this decision are as follows:
  • USD is currently holding classes remotely and external guests are not allowed on campus until at least March 1. 
  • We could hold the sessions online exclusively and start on February 5, but with Omicron spreading rapidly in San Diego, we do not want to have to cancel at the last minute due to unplanned absences by an instructor or a large number of participants.

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Thank you for your interest in USD School of Law Special Education Law and Advocacy Series (SELAS). We are offering this year's series in-person* and via Zoom. If you attend in person, proof of vaccination is required and masks must be worn inside all USD buildings.

With a goal of providing important and useful information on special education law and practice, the University of San Diego School of Law offers its Special Education Law and Advocacy Series (SELAS). This specialized program not only educates participants about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and other related laws and includes an in-depth look at Regional Center services, it also offers practical tips for special education advocacy. Past participants have included parents of children with disabilities, professionals working in related fields, school district staff, related services providers (such as speech and language pathologists), attorneys, and others.

The series includes six seminars, which may be taken individually or as a complete program. The seminars are taught by experienced special education attorneys as well as a licensed clinical psychologist. No textbook is required and each seminar includes electronic handouts. A “Certificate of Completion” will be given to all enrollees who complete all six seminars.

Types of Attendance

A separate Zoom registration is required to receive a personalized link to each Zoom session. The Zoom registration will be sent once you have completed registration.

*IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE: In accordance with the University of San Diego School of Law and for the safety of our community, verification of vaccination is required to attend SELAS in person at USD School of Law. In addition, masks are required inside all USD buildings. Eating and drinking inside law school classrooms are prohibited. You are welcome to take a brief break and excuse yourself during class to take care of your physical needs.

Seminar Dates and Topics

  • Seminar 1: Impact of Disability on the Family/Impact of COVID-19/Regional Center services
  • Seminar 2: Intro to Law & Education / Eligibility, Entry & Assessments
  • Seminar 3: IEP Process & Compliance
  • Seminar 4: Early Intervention & IDEA Dispute Resolution
  • Seminar 5: Student Behavior and Discipline; Assessments
  • Seminar 6: Compliance & Adult Transition

Registration Information 

Each of the six, day-long seminars may be taken individually, or the entire series may be purchased in full at a discounted rate. Seminars are open to anyone who wishes to enroll.

  • Full Series (6 seminars) $500 **must be purchased by Feb. 1
  • Full Series (6 seminars) with MCLE $600 **must be purchased by Feb. 1
  • Individual Seminars (cost per seminar) $100
  • USD Law students & USD employees FREE 

** Non Profit / Government employees receive a discount of 25%. Please email usdlawevent@sandiego.edu for further information. **

Participants who complete the entire series will receive a certificate of completion from the University of San Diego School of Law. Participants are eligible for the certificate even if they complete the series over several terms, so long as all seminars are completed within three years.  Participants may choose to enroll in as many, or as few, seminars as they choose in order to meet their professional or personal goals. However, participants must complete the entire series to receive the certificate. 

 MCLE Credits 

The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Bar of California-approved MCLE provider and certifies that this activity is approved for 36 hours of general credit for the entire course.

The Series consists of six, 6-hour long seminars. Participants will receive six hours of MCLE credit for each seminar completed. Participants will receive a record for MCLE purposes. Seminars are open to anyone who wishes to enroll.  

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Registration Information


Each of the six, six-hour-long seminars may be taken individually, or the entire series may be purchased in full at a discounted rate.

Registration Category Fee          
Full Series (six seminars) $500        
Full Series with MCLE (six seminars) $600
Individual Seminars (cost per seminar)            $100        
USD Law Student & USD Employees FREE

** Non Profit / Government employees receive a discount of 25%. Please email usdlawevent@sandiego.edu for further information.

  • Schedule ( as of 01/14/21)

    Saturday, TBD

    SEMINAR 1: INTRO TO DISABILITY/COVID-19/REGIONAL CENTER SERVICES

    10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Instructor
    Dr. Moisés Barón

    1a. Impact of Disability on the Family

    • Definition of Disability, clinically and under IDEA and 504
    • Epidemiological Data
    • Family Adaptation to Child Disability
    • Family Needs Assessment and Identification Model (NIIM©)
    • Barriers in accessing advocacy services

    2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

    Instructor
    Margaret A. Dalton, Esq.

    3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

    Instructor
    Wendy Dumlao, Esq.

     

    1b.  Impact of COVID-19 on Students with Disabilities

    • Federal Rules and Regulations/State Rules
    • Case Law

    1c. Regional Center Services & Collaboration with Other Agency Services

    • In-depth look at Regional Center eligibility & services
    • Other agency services: IHSS; SSI; DOR
    • Income requirements for some public services
    • Coordination of all services with school district services

    Saturday, TBD

    SEMINAR 2: INTRO TO LAW & EDUCATION / ELIGIBILITY, ENTRY & ASSESSMENTS

    10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Instructor
    Jennifer Varga, Esq.

    2a. Introduction to Law and Education

    • The IDEA, 1975 to the present
    • The need for special education
    • Special education law and national policy
    • Legal framework for education law

    2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

    Instructor
    Matthew Storey, Esq.

    2b.  Special Education Eligibility and Entry

    • Child find and referrals
    • Eligibility categories
    • Participants in private or charter schools
    • Foster Participants, homeless Participants, and incarcerated or institutionalized youth
    • Residency issues

    Saturday, TBD

    SEMINAR 3: IEP PROCESS & COMPLIANCE

    10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Instructor
    Matthew Storey, Esq.

    3a. The IEP Process, Part 1

    • Connecting the dots for an appropriate IEP
    • What is FAPE?
    • Present Levels
    • Goals
    • Placement, including LRE
    • Related services
    • Special factors, accommodations, and modifications

    2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

    Instructor
    Margaret (Mimi) Adams, Esq.

    3b. The IEP Process, Part 2

    • Parent participation and rights
    • Scheduling the meeting
    • Mandatory and optional IEP team members
    • Recording
    • Consent, partial consent, and disagreement
    • Records requests

    Saturday, TBD

    SEMINAR 4: EARLY INTERVENTION & IDEA DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Instructor
    Wendy Dumlao, Esq.

    4a. Early Intervention, Birth -5

    • Part C of the IDEA and Early Intervention: Birth to age 3
    • Transition from Individual Family Service Plan to IEP
    • Initial IEP
    • Services for Preschoolers
    • Transition to kindergarten

    2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

    Instructor
    Jennifer Varga, Esq.

    4b. IDEA Dispute Resolution

    • Dispute Resolution
      • District IDR
      • Compliance Complaints
      • Mediation Only
      • Due Process Hearings
        • Filing requirements
        • Resolution Session
        • Mediation
        • Hearing Process
        • Settlement Agreements
        • California Office of Administrative Hearings
    • Remedies
      • Compensatory Education (parent remedy)
      • Reimbursement (parent remedy)
      • Prospective services and placement (parent remedy)
      • Order for assessment (district remedy)
      • Order that school district’s offer is FAPE (district remedy)
      • Order of Stay Put (parent or district remedy)

    Saturday, TBD

    SEMINAR 5: STUDENT BEHAVIOR DISCIPLINE; ASSESSMENTS

    10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Instructors
    Margaret A. Dalton, Esq.

     

    5a. Student Behavior and Discipline

    • Behavior Issues and the IDEA
    • Suspensions
    • Expulsions
    • Manifestation Determinations
      • Requirements
      • Honig Injunction
    • Stay Put

    2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

    Instructor
    Margaret (Mimi) Adams, Esq.

    5b. Assessments

    • Assessment areas and methodologies
    • Consent
    • Timelines
    • Understanding the written assessment report
    • Special issues in assessments: behavior, aides (Special Circumstances Instructional Assistance), mental health, medical, assistive technology

    Saturday, TBD

    SEMINAR 6: COMPLIANCE & ADULT TRANSITION

    10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Instructor
    Megan Nunez, Esq.

    6a. IEP Implementation and Compliance

    • Records requests
    • Observing Participants at school
    • The role of data
    • Requesting IEP team meeting
    • IEP amendments
    • Timelines for implementation and compliance
    • Student progress on goals and report cards

    2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

    Instructor
    Summer Stech, Esq.

    6b. Adult Transition

    • Transition to Adulthood and Post-Secondary Education
    • IDEA requirements in secondary transition
    • Individual Transition Plans
    • Preparing Participants for employment
    • Preparing Participants for post-secondary education
    • Preparing Participants for independent living
    • Self-determination and transition Interagency Collaboration
  • MCLE & Certificate of Completion

    MCLE

    The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Bar of California-approved MCLE provider and certifies that this activity is approved for 36 hours of general credit. 

    The Series consists of six, 6-hour long seminars (with a one-hour lunch break). Participants will receive six hours of MCLE credit for each seminar completed. A total of 36 MCLE credits are available for those who complete the entire Core Series.
    Participants will also receive a record for MCLE purposes. Seminars are open to anyone who wishes to enroll

    MCLE credit is available for attorneys and paralegals at no additional charge.

    CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

    Participants who complete the entire Core Series will receive a Certificate of Completion from the University of San Diego School of Law.

    Participants are eligible for the Certificate even if they complete the Core Series over several terms, so long as all seminars are completed within three years. Participants may choose to enroll in as many, or as few, seminars as they choose in order to meet their professional or personal goals. However, participants must complete the entire Core Series to receive the Certificate. 

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